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Health literacy and primordial prevention in childhood—an opportunity to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease


Climie, R and Fuster, V and Empana, JP, Health literacy and primordial prevention in childhood an opportunity to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease, JAMA Cardiology, 5, (12) pp. 1323-1324. ISSN 2380-6583 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.2864


Despite major achievements in risk factor control and clinical care over the last decades, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 31% of deaths annually. A large amount of the burden of CVD can be attributed to modifiable behavioral risk factors, such as obesity, smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity. However, major challenges are triggering and maintaining behavior change during a patient’s lifetime. This may in part be because of inadequacies in health literacy, in that almost 50% of US and European adults do not understand or are not able to apply general health information.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cardiovascular health, childhood, health literacy
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Prevention of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Climie, R (Dr Rachel Climie)
ID Code:149564
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-04-04
Last Modified:2022-05-20

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